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What scientific evidence says cables build less muscle than free weights?

Look at any classic bodybuilding book or DVD and it will say free weights are superior to cables (and machines) for muscular hypertrophy. Joe Weider and Arnold Schwarzenegger are two famous proponents ...
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Should one generally avoid machines in favor of free weights?

From what I have been told, machines are not recommended for strength training, because they isolate muscles and thereby exclude the smaller stabilizing muscles from developing together with the major ...
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How to reduce shoulder soreness during and after squats

When I do squats, I find that my shoulders are often very sore (from the weight of the bar) afterward, and sometimes shoulder soreness becomes as much a limiting factor during exercise as the ...
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Are resistance bands really a reliable form of resistance?

I am considering getting a few resistance bands so I can keep my muscles active while at work, but I got to thinking about their long-term reliability. On the issue of loss of elasticity, it seems to ...
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How to recover from a long break, with proper nutrition?

22/M/55kg/176cms My last StrongLift 5*5 workout was on 28th Nov 2014, and I weighed 58.2 Kgs then. Since then I haven't worked out one bit and my diet is getting less by day (at least thats what I am ...
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Does training > 75% MHR benefit aerobic base?

I've been reading that developing one's aerobic base is good for improving overall speed, and that to do so, I should be training at 60-75% of MHR. Is there still merit for overall speed in training ...
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Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

I am a 16 year old teenager. Unfortunately I am very fat, trying to lose weight. I weigh ~91kg my height is 5 ft 11 in, and my waist circumference is 41.5 inches (I know....) My father has type 2 ...
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Fitness trackers and track running

Wondering if anyone has any experience of using a fitness tracker on a track. I ask as I'm wondering how accurate the total recorded distance is, as GPS is only supposed to be good to 10m, and you'd ...
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How to calculate the Ideal Weight?

I found some formulas based on height only (like Devine, Robinson, Miller), but I want to calculate the ideal weight based on gender, age and height. Is it possible? If so, which formulas are there ...
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Workouts don't become easier for me

I do an 8 minute workout every day with an application. My workout is a mix of different excercises (hindu push-ups, abdominal etc, 30 seconds each). before this I used to do easier work-outs. I've ...
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What is the minimal body fat percentage with no risks?

I am looking to get leaner. I have been working on it but I would like to set the goal at my destination. I want to be at the lowest possible body fat percentage without suffering any negative effects ...
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Training running speed going faster at 95-98% or longer at 80%

TL;DR.: For speed training, is it better to run longer at 80% of the max HR, or faster at 95% of the max HR? Long rant: I'm able to run 6Km in 50min if I control my speed based on the HR, by not ...
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How accurate is the Navy Body Fat Calculator?

I've been using the Navy Body Fat Calculation method for about two months in conjunction with an exercise regimen. It's done it's job as far as telling me that I'm loosing body fat and gaining lean ...
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Which gym workout routine after home training?

I do 6 series x (although I have often long periods of time between series) 20 push up, 10 pull up and 20 chin-up 4 times/week and run 10 km 3 times/week and stopped adding more reps(but I can do ...
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How to calculate body fat using calipers?

One of the trainers in my local gym did my measurements with a fat caliper. He unfortunately has not had time to calculate the fat percentage. I have the numbers and figured might as well do it ...
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Body Fat % Measuring Device

I want to closely monitor my body fat % but I'm not sure which scale/device is best for doing so. Are the scales with built in boy fat % calculators or the handle measuring devices accurate and to ...
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1answer
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Why does my RHR rise every day after a strength workout?

I measure my resting heart rate every morning before turning out of bed. The day after a demanding strength workout I find it has risen as compared with the day before. I had thought it was merely a ...
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Vitamins: How much is too much? [on hold]

I received some Kinetica Essential tablets with some protein (I paid a little more for them, they weren't free), and looking at the RDA for the vitamins it contains raises some questions. They ...
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1answer
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Approx. how many calories can I figure I burn per mile?

I walk, on average, a 15 minute mile and on flat terrain. I weight 150 lbs and I'm about 5' 7" with a medium build. I'm trying to manage my overall health and want to ensure my exercise is balancing ...
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In relation to Low-Carb diet, Why I feel hungry after I eat?

I am on my second day of a low-carb diet. Never done one before, but I really need to lose 15 pounds to be on my ideal weight. Today I had a great big lunch. (Burger meat with bacon and cheese, ...
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2answers
63 views

Squat for over weight people

I'm trying to do dumbbell squats but not possible. I feel unbalanced hence no confidence to put my weight on heels . Could anyone help me to find out how I could progress to there ? Is there way I can ...
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1answer
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Resistance bands: What do the resistance ranges of “X to Y” pounds mean?

If you look at the typical product description of a resistance band (Amazon is a good place to see a lot of these), you'll see that nearly all of them give a range of resistance. For example, one ...
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1answer
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Proper way to support your neck and shoulders [on hold]

I searched Google for finding right way to put pillows, as I don't know how to and sometimes when I wake up I get headaches or tiredness. So while sleeping how many pillow should you take and how to ...
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Upper thigh pain caused by running?

I run about 8-12 km a day in about 70-90 minutes every morning.I find that I have been having pain in the upper thigh(from mid-thigh to just above the knee) and along the sides of the thigh.This ...
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How to increase push ups

I started doing push ups three weeks ago and I can't seem to do more than 20 in a set. When I do 3 sets I always get stuck on 20. I am 65kg, I used to do 90 push ups, 30 reps, 3 sets. After I ...
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1answer
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How celebrities can shed/gain so much of fat in such short time and abstinence?

Christian Bale for the "The Machinist" and Hugh Jackman for "The Wolverine". These two celebrities went too far to reach perfection in their role. Has anyone this community happened to be with these ...
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1answer
89 views

Will exercising for a shorter time at a higher resistance on a bike give the same benefit?

I read an article a few weeks ago that mentioned a study finding that you need to use an exercise bike for 40 minutes before you see any benefit from it. Unfortunately I can't find the article ...
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1answer
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Energy intake and expenditure

I was reading below and have a doubt. http://www.nutrition.org.uk/nutritionscience/energy/energy-intake-and-expenditure.html?start=5 So to lose weight "energy in" should be less than expenditure . ...
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Percussion massage good for muscle knots?

I've got a muscle knot in my lower back on the left side and i have found that beating it with a pestle seems to ease my stiff knees and makes me feel looser. Pulled my back out years ago. Is it ok ...
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1answer
45 views

Increasing muscle/fat ratio while remaining at the same (ish) weight

Background: For the past 6 months, I've gone from 89kg to 81kg bodyweight, while doing mainly 8-rep sets on most exercises. Keep in mind, before I started working out a couple years ago, I was at ...
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Does weighlifting have the same benefits as HIIT?

Background of HIIT High intensity interval training (HIIT) is generally performed by sprinting close to maximum capacity followed by rest. The process is repeated several times. Proponents of HIIT ...
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Fitness app that allows recording food consumed by weight and not by volumetric serving?

myfitnesspal.com has a large database of foods with their nutritional value stored, and allows one to add in how much one has consumed by the volumetric servings, e.g. 1 cup of carrots. However, it ...
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Getting fatter with weight training

I am a 32 year old female who started weight training about 1 month ago after doing lots of cardio work. I really enjoy it and am building the weight slowly each week. I am also trying to move to a ...
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Should I really lock my elbows and knees when lifting?

When bench pressing, at max extension, should I lock my elbows or keep them loose? What about my knees when squatting? UPDATE: Here are some links from the Mayo Clinic warning against locking joints ...
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2answers
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Toenail removed - realistically, how long before I can start running again?

I injured myself accidentally on Friday and wound up in Accident & Emergency (ER) where I had to have an X-Ray and my toenail removed and my toe tidied up a bit. Although I've lost nails before, ...
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1answer
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Best protocol for self assisted pull-ups?

I can't do full body weight pull ups, so I do self assisted ones. I try to follow the form described on exrx. I have a few questions that are probably linked, so I ask them as one: What is the best ...
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1answer
1k views

Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Strength?

I've seen both 'Practical Programming (2nd Ed) Novice Program' and 'The Practical Programming Advanced Novice Program' prescribe chin-ups/pull-ups to be performed to failure on each set. Each of the ...
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2answers
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Leg pain after running & jumping

I haven't used to run much, but recently I started working out and it includes running also. I noticed that after I run about 400-500 m, my legs (both) start to hurt in the area of soleus muscle, on ...
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2answers
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Cycling speed and fitness

I have a number of health issues (including heart) but love cycling and am determined to train for a long distance ride. I am 68 years old and a beginning cyclist. I have worked up to a distance of ...
4
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1answer
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Training Plan for High School 3-5km cross-country Run

I've started to see the potential that I have in running after I came third in Division cross country with only 1 week of training beforehand and having no previous sport experience. I want to start ...
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4answers
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My Current deadlift is 116% of my body weight. My goal is 200% of my body weight, how much time should I give?

I am 27, weigh 185 lbs (23% body fat, goal 15%), and my current deadlift is 215lbs. I have been working on deadlifts for last 6 months. My goal is to lift twice my body weight. If I have to set a goal ...
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191 views

Why does Dmitry Klokov stagger his feet?

Dmitry Klokov, olympic medalist and renowned heavyweight lifter, does something very unusual with his feet in both the snatch and the clean and jerk. In the below picture, he can be seen with his ...
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2answers
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taking creatine in line with take a diureic [closed]

I was wondering, since it seemed counterproductive to me, does it make sense to take creatine while also taking a diuretic? If creatine creates an increase in size through storing more water weight ...
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2answers
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Does the temperature of the training environment influence the calorie burn rate significantly?

The efficiency of the human body, like any other machine, depends on the surrounding temperature. We get exhausted quicker if we run on a hot summer afternoon than we would in the cooler evening. But ...
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How does strength training affect one's health and life expectancy in the long run?

I understand that aerobic exercise are very beneficial for one's health, but I always have doubts about muscle training. I know that bodybuilding makes you heavier, stronger and more attractive, but ...
9
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1answer
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Critique of my prep for a bikini competition

I am a 22 year old female, current weight 138lbs, goal weight 120lbs. Current body fat 30%, goal body fat ~15-18%. I am entering a bikini fitness competition in July, so I have around 22 weeks left. I ...
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What is the reason to weigh oneself during a workout?

I saw people weigh themselves during a workout at a gym. Is there a reason to do that? (besides the obvious wanting to know how much water one have lost and be able to drink accordingly?). ...
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Why does my collarbone hurt while jogging?

I'm a newbie when it comes to running. I usually run for about 2-3 miles 3x a week for the past 6 months. If I've skipped too many workouts (i.e. haven't ran in a month), I experience pain in my ...
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3answers
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How to reduce risk of injury in strength training (when not training at a gym)

I have been thinking about taking up weight training, mainly to build up by back, triceps, and biceps. I did not want to go to a gym to do the exercises, though. I would prefer to do them at home but ...
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9answers
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

We have tons of squat variations to work the quadriceps and glutes, but I've never seen a free weight exercise to really work the hamstrings. It seems like hamstring isolation is only possible on a ...

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